Roy Cohn, One of Labor’s Worst Enemies, was Trump’s Mentor

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Reprinted from the EU by Al Hart on October 26, 2016.

“The late Roy Cohn, an unscrupulous New York lawyer and power broker, was Donald Trump’s mentor for 13 years during his rise to celebrity status,” writes Al Hart for the UE, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. “Cohn helped shape the Trump we see today, and from him Trump learned his signature tactics of attack; insult; manipulate the media; never back down; never apologize or admit you were wrong; and when you have nothing to attack with, make stuff up. The relationship between Cohn and Trump has been the subject of articles this year in The Washington Post, New York TimesCNN, Politico, New York Daily News and other news media.

“Cohn’s own career as an attack dog began in the 1950s, when he rose to prominence as chief counsel to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Senator Joseph McCarthy, Republican of Wisconsin. McCarthy built his political career on the witch hunt against Communists, suspected Communists, imagined Communists, and other political nonconformists. He is identified with the paranoia and repression of the 1950s to the extent that the decade is often called the McCarthy Era. McCarthyism became a noun meaning unfair persecution of political opponents. …”

UE press release 10/26

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